Gentility in English Poetry
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Without being explicit about the matter, Conquest was responding to a rival anthology, The New Poetry (1962) in which Alfred Alvarez had strongly criticised the work of the Movement (and Larkin in particular) for failing to deal with the full range of human experience.
One even comes across the impudent assertion that English poets were unaware of the existence of the darker elements in the human personality, and of large-scale suffering, until psychoanalysts and world wars drew attention to them, and this is compounded with transparently spurious logic, by the notion that the way to cope with these forces is to abandon sanity and hope. (Conquest, 1963, pp.xiii–xiv)
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